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Apple to end support for older G4s, Xserves

updated 09:30 am EST, Fri February 6, 2009

G4, Xserve support dies

Apple is ending most or all of its support for a host of older Macs, according to a memo issued to Apple Authorized Service Providers this week. Headlining the bulletin is a range of "obsolete" products, which Apple classifies as hardware that was discontinued over seven years ago; these include the PowerBook G4, and digital audio or Quicksilver models of the PowerMac G4 and Macintosh Server G4. As of March 17th, no support of any kind will be available for the obsolete systems, including replacement parts.

The hardware losing most of its support on March 17th is what Apple terms "vintage," gear discontinued more than five years ago but less than seven. New under this category are slot-load and cluster-node Xserves, and the Xserve RAID enclosure. Vintage products lose support in every region except for California, where statutes require the company to serve the public longer. Both parts and service should be available from AASPs in California.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    sigh MacNN...

    To illustrate Apple discontinuing support for G4 hardware, they choose a thumbnail of non-Apple server hardware that Apple does support, as opposed to something they're discontinuing. This isn't rocket surgery, guys...

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    LOL!

    I was just going to point out the same thing Zaren

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    zaren

    lo!l First thing I noticed too!

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Rocket surgery?

    Rocket science or brain surgery, maybe.

  1. gikku

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    the PowerBook G4

    the PowerBook G4 was replaced by the MacBook Pro in 2006, how does that add to 5-7 years?

  1. apostle

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Older OS Public Domain?

    Is software written for obsolete hardware, now obsolete itself?

    Can Apple claim ownership for software that only runs on abandoned hardware?

    If the software is still of value to Apple, and it only runs on abandoned hardware, then Apple must support the obsolete hardware.

    Has there been any word along these lines?

    ...just a thought

    =o)

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